“I’m going to be comptroller for all of the boroughs,” Stringer said. “I want to get the message out that I’m going to be active as comptroller.”
Stringer and his new staff have hit the ground running. They are in the process of auditing the New York City Public Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the three library systems, and already rejected the first technology contract that was approved by the previous administration for overhauling 311.
“In each level of the office, we are already engaged,” Stringer said.
The proposed homeless shelter in Glendale was also discussed curing his visit. He said if and when the contract does come before his office for approval, it will be looked at with due diligence.
“With 50,000 people living in homeless shelters in the city, the bigger issue is how can the city provide affordable housing for them,” he said.
Stringer also spoke about raising the minimum wage, noting the cost of living in New York City is 60 percent higher than Albany and 80 percent more than Buffalo, so the city can't wait years for the state to take action.
“Obviously, raising the minimum wage to $11 make sense,” Stringer said.
Stringer also said that promoting investments in transportation was also important.
“I think transportation infrastructure is important to growing our community,” Stringer said. “ In order for the economy to succeed, people must be able to get to their jobs.”
Stringer was elected to the Assembly in 1992, representing Manhattan’s Upper West Side for 13 years, and won the post of Manhattan borough president in 2006.
As borough president, Stringer said he transformed the office into a watchdog of government waste and mismanagement, issuing more than 50 reports on topics ranging from the MTA’s funding to the need for reform of NYCHA.
He also implemented sweeping reforms to the appointment process for Manhattan community boards, and launched initiatives to promote greater transparency in the city's budget process.